‘The Last Jedi’ gets prime spot at upcoming Star Wars Celebration

Time to get first dibs on The Last Jedi.

As fans await the trailer for the movie previously known as Episode VIII, the most likely place to see early footage will be the annual Star Wars Celebration fan gathering, taking place in Orlando, Florida, this spring.

Lucasfilm announced Wednesday that studio chief Kathleen Kennedy and The Last Jedi writer-director Rian Johnson will appear on stage at the event on Friday, April 14, accompanied by “plenty of surprises and special guests.”

As of now, that’s all we know — but the Celebration gatherings have previously led to major footage reveals for the new wave of Star Wars films. The Force Awakens dropped its “Chewie, we’re home” trailer at the Anaheim, California fan convention in 2015, and last year in London, a behind-the-scenes reel for Rogue One was showcased — along with still images from the making of Episode VIII.

Lucasfilm promises an entire weekend of activity at the event, which has become like a stand-alone Comic-Con centered squarely on all things Star Wars — from the books, games, and comics, to the animated Rebels TV series and the big-screen films.

Details on the Orlando event can be found here.
Lucasfilm will release information about wristbands and wait-lines for The Last Jedi panel closer to the event.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi is out Dec. 15.